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23. June 2020

Unity have just sent an email out to *some* Unity Learn Premium subscribers announcing that the online learning platform is now free in perpetuity.  A developer on the GFS discord server sent me the following screen capture:

Heading on over to the Unity Learn premium site, you will see the title bar:


Although interestingly enough, there are no other announcements available yet about this change.  You can learn more in the video below.

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17. June 2020

Fanatical have several e-book bundles of interest to game developers and recently updated the Unreal Game Development Bundle to include several new books, making it an even better deal.

The bundle now consists of:

  • Visual Scripting for Unreal Engine
  • Unreal Engine Physics Essentials
  • Unreal Engine 4 AI Programming Essentials
  • Building an RPG with Unreal 4.x
  • Unreal Engine Game Development Blueprints
  • Learning Unreal Engine Game Development
  • Unreal Engine 4.X by Example
  • Unreal Engine 4.x Scripting with C++ Cookbook
  • Hands-On Artificial Intelligence with Unreal Engine
  • Unreal Engine 4 Virtual Reality Projects
  • Unreal Engine Virtual Reality Quick Start Guide
  • Unreal Engine Blueprints Visual Scripting Projects
  • Mastering Game Development with Unreal Engine 4
  • Unreal Engine 4 Game Development Quick Start Guide
  • Game Development Patterns and Best Practices
  • Mastering Unreal Engine 4.x
  • Unreal Engine 4 Game Development Essentials
  • Unreal Engine Game Development Cookbook

This entire collection is available for $10 USD.  Additionally Fanatical are running similar book bundles for other game development technologies including Unity, Blender, C++ and Photoshop.  You can learn more about these bundles in the video below.

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16. June 2020

Reported on Venture Beat by respected games journalist Dean Takahashi, Epic Games are looking to raise an addition $750 million dollars, valuing Epic Games at an eye watering 17 BILLION dollars.

Fortnite maker Epic Games is raising $750 million, according to two sources who spoke to GamesBeat. Bloomberg reported the news first, but we have independently confirmed the details in our story.

The deal would give Epic a pre-money valuation of $16.3 billion, with a post-money valuation (the value of the company after the deal is done) of $17 billion. Epic Games is the developer and publisher of Fortnite, which has more than 350 million users. And it is also the creator of the Unreal Engine, a fundamental toolset for building many games (and increasingly, making movies and TV). Epic declined to comment.

A valuation on 17B would mark a hefty return on the earlier $825M Tencent investment, which resulted in Tencent holding a 40% minority stake in Epic Games.  Epic Games are not the only company looking to raise further capital.  Unity have long been rumoured to be looking at an IPO, with recent discussions heating up again.  You can learn more about both companies in the video below.

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16. June 2020

Today on the Unity Asset Store, they are running the Fantastic Fantasy bundle, a collection of Unity assets around a common medieval/fantasy theme with a consistent low polygon art style.  The bundle is organized into tiers, purchase a higher value tier you get all of the asset in the tiers below it as well.  The bundle assets consist of:

10$ Tier

  • Simple Fantasy UI
  • Fantasy Village Pack
  • Interface and Item Sounds

20$ Tier

  • POLYGON Fantasy Characters
  • 2000 Fantasy Icons
  • Low Poly Medieval Castle Pack
  • Tower Defence Pack
  • Fantasy Game (Sound FX)

30$ Tier

  • Stylized Fantasy Forest Environment
  • POLYGON Knights Pack
  • Fantasy Adventure Environment
  • Fantastic Village Pack
  • Low Poly Animated Animals
  • Emerald AI 2.0
  • Low Poly Terrain Polaris V2

The bundle runs until the end of June 2020, purchasing the bundle using this link provides a small commission to GFS (and thanks if you do!).  You can learn more about this bundle on the Unity blog or watching the video below.

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9. June 2020

Unity have just released Unity 2019.4 LTS, or Long Term Support.  This is a version of Unity that is only going to receive bug and security fixes going forward, making it the most stable and ideal version of Unity to start new Unity projects on.

Details on the 2019 LTS release from the Unity blog:

As part of our commitment to improving the development process for users, Unity is now shifting to offering LTS as the default version of the platform, and we have committed to doing fewer releases per year. You have been incredible in helping us understand your needs and we’re grateful for your feedback. In response to this we have improved, and will continue to improve, workflows and modernize Unity to be more flexible, focusing on delivering stability and interoperability of features.

Beginning today with the release of 2019 LTS, the LTS versions of Unity will become the default available for download from the Unity Hub. Moving forward, Unity will issue up to two TECH stream releases per year followed by the annual LTS release. The TECH Stream is for creators who demand to be on the cutting edge as technologies and workflows are evolving, while LTS is suggested for creators aiming to ship their projects in the near future, or for those who have everything they need in 2019 LTS. This shift in release philosophy will ensure that you are installing the most stable version for projects in production.

What’s in the 2019 LTS?

The new Long-Term Support (LTS) version of Unity contains everything from the previous three TECH stream releases with all the fixes and improvements we added to Unity 2019.3.0 since it was released. Similar to our previous LTS releases the focus for 2019 LTS isn’t new features, API changes or enhancements, but defect rectification and usability upgrades aimed at improving the stability of the product. In short, it’s a continuation of the 2019 TECH stream without new features which is why we also call it Unity 2019.4.0.

You can download Unity 2019.4 LTS in the Unity Hub or on the LTS support page here.  Learn more about Unity 2019.4LTS in the video below.

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